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5 apps worth downloading this week

Featuring a way to remember notes from the day before, a neon-visual shoot ‘em up and a way to help other people

Image: Super Crossfighter/Windows Phone

EACH WEEK, WE highlight five apps that are worth downloading for your smartphone and tablet. There are a lot of apps released on a daily basis, but not all of them are worth paying attention to.

This week includes a way to remember notes from the day before, a neon-visual shoot ‘em up and a way to help other people.

TapPath
For: Android
Cost: €0.69

- Tapping links on mobile tends to be a somewhat slow process. Sometimes you will want to open the native app it’s linking to, other times you will want to view it on a browser.
- TapPath allows you to choose what app a link should open based on the number of taps you give. Which apps open up depends on your settings.
- For example, if you tapped it once, you open the link in a browser, two taps could open up Pocket while triple tap could open up share options
- A warning though, you will have to adjust the tap delay first before you get it the way you want. If you’re not opening the right service, that’s probably what’s causing it.
- If you’ve tried out other apps like LinkBubble, but didn’t find it to your liking, this could be what you’re looking for.


Kindly
For: iOS
Cost: Free

- Before we talk about this app, we should mention that this is not an app designed to replace therapy or is a crisis helpline. The app states that as soon as you boot it up so if your problems are serious, it’s better to avail of these services instead of an app.
- The idea behind Kindly is to create a network that’s compassionate and allows users to talk about what’s bothering them for a few minutes.
- Signing up is pretty quick and once you’ve chosen your topics, you can chat anonymously.
- Chats are one-on-on last for 15 minutes and if you want them to last longer, you can send a friend request to them.
- If you’re able to spare a few minutes and help a stranger out, do. A little help goes a long way.

Kindly

Source: Kindly

Super Crossfighter
For: iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Cost: €1.79 (€1.48 Android)

- So this is a strange one. A game that was released on Xbox 360 has been re-launched with a slightly different name.
- Anyway, Super Crossfighter is retro gaming personified. Neon visuals, shoot-em-up gameplay and a “easy to learn, hard to master” arcade game makes it addictive.
- You have the option of different control formats, you could go for the traditional virtual buttons but the option to use slider or tilt controls is there too. You’ll likely stick to the virtual controls to be honest.
- The game is packed with content, and the action is frantic. The somewhat 3D camera view tilting can throw you off when you’re not used to it, but it adds to the overall feel.
- A game that you will be playing long after you’ve finished the main campaign.


OneStart
For: Windows Phone
Cost: Free (€0.99 for Pro version)

- Windows Phone 8.1 brings a number of improvements to the table, in both functionality and style, but one of the nicer ones is the ability to use transparent tiles and custom backgrounds.
- OneStart taps into this by providing a wide variety of Start Screen background options for you to try out.
- The basic versions allow you to change colours and pictures and provides you with a few edit features to play around with too.
- The Pro version, on the other hand, gives you access to additional patterns and options to play around with.
- If your own photos aren’t doing the job, or other similar apps aren’t doing the job, there’s a lot to like with OneStart.

OneStart

Source: OneStart/Windows Phone

Jot
For: iOS
Cost: Free

- Many of us write notes down, where we keep them is another story entirely. Some use traditional pen and paper, others use services like Evernote, but it’s likely these notes are soon forgotten about.
- Jot uses email to remind you but instead of sending them one at a time, it emails all of your notes to you the next morning for reminding.
- No matter how many notes you write in a day, all of them will be grouped together in the one email the next day.
- Obviously, its usefulness depends on how often you check your email. If you check it every day, then it’s perfect for remembering random thoughts.
- Useful if you’re looking for an alternative way of reminding yourself about tasks or ideas.

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Source: Jot/App Store

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